COVID - 19

The health and safety of our staff, students at UAL and other stakeholders is our highest priority and this is why we have been monitoring developments in the spread of coronavirus.

Due to concerns about the increasing spread of coronavirus, and the Public Health England advice regarding social distancing to delay the speed of infection, Arts’ Students’ Union have now implemented a work from home policy for all of its staff. This means that the Union is still operating to support students and its staff are operational, however, our offices and commercial outlets across all campuses are closed. In addition, all events and exhibitions hosted by the Union will be cancelled until at least the 17th April 2020 and will be reviewed periodically as the situation develops.

If you need to contact a member of staff, please email them directly or if you are unsure who to contact, please email info@su.arts.ac.uk, who will be able to re direct your email to the appropriate staff member.

Our message to UAL

Your elected Sabbatical Officers have produced a letter for the attention of UAL's Senior Management and Governers in regards to the decisions being made about Covid - 19 and its impact on students at UAL. Read it in full here.

In addition, you can tell us what you need from UAL and Arts SU though our survey: 

Covid-19 Response Survey

UAL Updates

For information on UAL's action, follow their updates here

Arts SU Companion Scheme

Our companion scheme aims to pair you up with another UAL student so you can interact via video or just chat over email. This is a great chance to connect with other like minded people. You can read more about the scheme here or sign up below

Sign up for a buddy 

Student Support

Wellbeing support

Your Welfare Officer, Pinky, has been working with the wellbeing charity, Rethink and they've released their first zine to support students during this time. All content is contributed by student mentors in the scheme across London, which also includes art by incoming Education Officer, Dylan. Read it here.

Emotional Support 

You may have seen stories in the press about increased racist behaviour since the outbreak of the virus. If you have been affected by racist behaviour and would like emotional support, you can contact the University Counselling Service on: +44 (0)20 7514 6251 or counselling@arts.ac.uk

Housing and Academic Process Advice 

Our advice team is still open to provide advice on housing and academic process including appeals, extenuating circumstances claims and complaints. You can book a call or get advice over email, head to their webpage here.

Bullying, harassment, discrimination or victimisation

If you have experienced bullying, harassment, discrimination or victimisation of any kind, please see the guidance on our Bullying & Harassment page.

Financial issues

For any financial assistance that you may require due to this you can find out more information on the hardship fund and how to apply for it on UAL's Hardship Fund webpage.

Employment Advice

Many students at UAL who are employed in part-time jobs may be affected by government measures put in place to protect against COVID-19 (Coronavirus). 

Arts SU have put together some advice for students on how to access support:

Employed in an “essential business”

Shops that are exempt from the Government's ban are food retailers, pharmacies, hardware stores, corner shops, petrol stations, shops in hospitals, post offices, banks, newsagents, launderettes and pet shops. If you are employed in any of these industries, it is likely you will be able to continue working.

Working from home

For many roles it may be possible to request working from home, augmented by teleconferencing services such as Zoom or Skype. Speak to your employer to see if it is possible to carry out your work duties from home. If available in your workplace, discuss with your trade union representative on how to implement working from home safely.

Unable to continue working

The Government has put in place a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. This allows businesses to retain staff, with the Government funding 80% of monthly wages, if the business is required to close and staff are not able to work from home. This is known as ‘furloughing staff’. The option to furlough is available to part-time and staff on zero hours’ contracts, not just those on full-time contracts.

Raise this scheme with your employer if you think it is applicable, and again discuss with a trade union representative if available.

Self-isolation or sick leave

You are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay of £94.25 per week from your employer (if your earnings are above £118 per week) if you are self-isolating or taking sick leave as a result of Coronavirus. Contact NHS111 online to receive documentation to prove your sickness / need to self-isolate.